ELKO — Elko County District Attorney Tyler Ingram was the first candidate to officially file for election at the Elko County Clerk’s office on Monday, the first day for nonjudicial county contenders to file.
“I’m prepared for it,” Ingram said. “I knew it was coming.”
He explained that running for the office was something he expected since his appointment as district attorney in October 2016 after the death of then-DA Mark Torvinen. His appointment ends Dec. 31.
Ingram said he would be able to see the direction his campaign would take after March 16 when filing ends.
“In the next two weeks I’ll see who files against me,” Ingram said. “That would really change the makeup of my campaign.”
Ingram was one of five candidates filing at 8 a.m. at the county office the first filing day, March 5.
Delmo Andreozzi for county commissioner, Kris Jakeman for county clerk, Katrinka Russell for county assessor, and Cheryl Paul for county treasurer were also present when the clerk’s office opened.
“I can’t believe four years has gone by already,” Andreozzi said, as chief deputy clerk Jakeman walked him through the filing process.
He is running for re-election for his county seat after first being elected in 2014.
“You don’t seem quite as nervous as the last time you signed up,” Jakeman said.
Sitting at the edge of his seat, Andreozzi explained that filing for public office felt different this time now that he has experience. Jakeman shook his hand after he completed the paperwork.
“Thank you, and good luck to you,” Andreozzi said.
“And to you,” Jakeman responded.
Jakeman is running for the county clerk position that will be open after Elko County Clerk Carol Fosmo retires this year.
“I’m excited,” Jakeman said. “I have over 25 years’ experience between living here and living in Wyoming.”
Fellow county employee Cheryl Paul put her name on the ballot to replace County Treasurer Rebecca Erickson, who plans to retire this year.
“I’m pretty confident,” Paul said. “I’ve worked in the treasurer’s office for sixteen years.”
Elections Deputy Clerk Becky Plunkett was busy signing up Russell, who is running for re-election as county assessor. The incumbent said she was unaware of any challenger for her position.
“I don’t know of anyone who is crazy enough to want my job,” she said.
Elko County Commissioner Cliff Eklund also filed for re-election mid-morning March 5.
Plunkett gave each candidate a packet of forms and guidelines from the Nevada Secretary of State. She said she made 25 packets in anticipation of the first day of election filing.
Candidates receive instructions and deadlines for filing expense and contribution reports electronically, a Code of Fair Campaigning form, ethics overview, and details from the Nevada Department of Transportation on rules for placing campaign signs.
County office candidates have until March 16 to change their name on their paperwork, and until March 27 to withdraw their candidacy in writing to the clerk’s office. Judicial candidates filed Jan. 2-12.
Other county seats up for election this year are recorder and the county commissioner seat held by Cliff Eklund, who has expressed interest in serving another term.
Twelve federal and state offices will be on the 2018 ballots as seats come up for election this year.
Key races include U.S. Congressional District 2, held by Mark Amodei; U.S. Senate seat held by Dean Heller; and Nevada Assembly District 33 held by John Ellison. The incumbents have expressed their intentions to run again, and Mayor Chris Johnson also plans to run for the Assembly seat.
State and federal candidates must file in Carson City.
Additional offices up for election are governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, along with state treasurer, controller and attorney general.
The primary election is June 12, and the general election is Nov. 6.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Cliff Eklund’s filing. The article will be updated as other candidates file on the first day.